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52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada

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Celebrating Guelph’s stories!

The Guelph Civic Museum showcases Guelph’s history through permanent and changing exhibits, a fun and interactive families gallery, and special events and activities.  Located in the recently renovated Loretto Convent, atop the hill at Norfolk Street and beside the landmark Church of Our Lady, the museum is home to a collection of over 30,000 artifacts that bring Guelph’s past to life.

2012

Guelph Civic Museum opens at 52 Norfolk Street, the former Loretto Convent.

2000

The “Growing Up in Guelph Children’s Museum” opens at the Civic Museum. The popular children’s gallery attracts many more visitors and significantly increases the number of family memberships.

1980

Guelph Civic Museum opens at 6 Dublin Street South, a commercial limestone building built c.1855. The building had many uses over the years but was most recently known as the Knights of Columbus Hall.

1967

Canada’s Centennial Year. The Museum opens in its first home in the horse stables, now the Farmer’s Market.

1960’s

Members of the Guelph Historical Society begin to collect artifacts and displays are mounted in store fronts and community centres.

Upcoming Events

April 2016

Wall of Art: Unsinkable

April 5 @ 9:00 am - July 3 @ 5:00 pm

Wall of Art: Unsinkable runs April 5, 2016 to July 3, 2016. Wall of Art is a quarterly juried art show produced in partnership with Guelph Arts Council. The official exhibition reception will take place at this month's Fourth Friday on April 22 at 6:30pm. Admission to the museum will be free after 5pm on Fourth Friday.   April 22: Reception July 5-8: Art pickup  

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May 2016

Lucile: Fashion. Titanic. Scandal

May 7 - November 13
Lucile

She came from Guelph. She dazzled the world. She survived the Titanic. Meet Lucile, Lady Duff Gordon, the fashionista of her day - inventor of the fashion show, creator of respectable scanty lingerie, and designer to the rich and famous. For the first time ever in Canada, see Lucile gowns, lingerie and accessories on loan from museums and private collections from around the world. Lucile gowns, hats, and lingerie will be displayed in a room that evokes her Paris salon.…

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One World Living Together: 30 Years of Guelph Multiculturalism

May 12 - July 10

Available until July 10

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Snap a ‘Guelphie’ Selfie

May 12 - August 28

Available until August 28

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Recent Donations

May 12 - August 28

Available until August 28.

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Free

Fourth Friday with Trevor Hall

May 27 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

It's time for another Fourth Friday! Celebrate with us and enjoy a performance by Trevor Hall and free admission to the museum after 5pm. Trevor Hall will perform at 7pm.

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SOLD OUT

Lucile – A Titanic Life

May 28 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
LucileTitanic

Through song and story, Hugh Brewster and friends will tell the amazing story of Lady Duff Gordon, a girl from Guelph who became the most famous fashion designer of her day, and survived the sinking of the Titanic. Tickets are now SOLD OUT. Thank you to everyone who purchased tickets.

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June 2016

Tiny Tot Thursday: Baby sign language

June 2 @ 9:30 am - 11:30 am

Join us this month to learn baby sign language, with special guest Erin Margetts Helkaa from WeeHands! Program runs from 9:30 am to 11:30 am. Tiny Tot Thursdays are a monthly program on the first Thursday of each month. It is a drop-in for organized songs, crafts, and games for children one to four years of age and their caregivers. Upcoming Tiny Tot Thursdays: July 7: Dress-up August 4: Building Guelph

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School’s Out, Museum’s In PD Day

June 3

Sleep in a little bit…and then join us for lots of great activities all day long!

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FREE

Truth & Reconciliation Circle

June 22 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Joanne Raymond, an ally and law school student will speak to the Child Welfare Call to Action under the Truth and Reconciliation Report in a traditional First Nations' Sharing Circle.  All are welcome.

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$20

The Art of the Hat

June 25 @ 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Inspired by Lucile: Fashion. Titanic. Scandal., join us for The Art of the Hat with milliner and hat historian, Ruth Mills! Learn about the tricks of her trade, the evolution of millinery, and even find out what hat style best works for you! Tickets are available online.

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Fashion Guelph

June 28
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An event every 1 week(s) on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday that lasts 0 day(s) and 24 hour(s), the last of which will begin on August 14, 2016

Inspired by Lucile, Lady Duff Gordon, come ready to dress up and walk the catwalk, add to our fashion mural, and pose in the photo booth! Fashion Guelph is a daily program, running Tuesday to Sunday from June 28 to August 14.

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July 2016

Wall of Art: Girl Power

July 4 @ 9:00 am - October 2 @ 5:00 pm

Wall of Art: Girl Power will run July 4, 2016 to October 2, 2016. Wall of Art is a quarterly juried art show produced in partnership with Guelph Arts Council. Submissions are now being accepted: click here. Please see the list of important dates below: May 17: Call for submissions June 13: Submissions due Week of June 20: Selection June 28-30: Art drop off July 4: Install July 22: Reception October 4-7: Art pickup  

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Critters, Creatures and Creepy Crawlies

July 6 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Swing by the Civic Museum and join Sciensational Sssnakes for a presentation on their reptiles and amphibians! There will be two separate presentations: 11 am and 1 pm. Join us each week for animal, insect, and reptile presentations (every Wednesday in July and August). Upcoming programs: JULY 13            Buzzing bees with the Honey Bee Research Centre JULY 20            Rats, rabbits, guinea pigs and more with Little Friends Rescue JULY 27            Birds of prey with Wild Ontario AUGUST 3        Lizards,…

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Tiny Tot Thursday: Dress-up!

July 7 @ 9:30 am - 11:30 am

Everyone loves to dress-up, and that's exactly what we will be doing for this month's Tiny Tot Thursday! Program runs from 9:30 am to 11:30 am. Tiny Tot Thursdays are a monthly program on the first Thursday of each month. It is a drop-in for organized songs, crafts, and games for children one to four years of age and their caregivers. Upcoming Tiny Tot Thursdays: August 4: Building Guelph

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Critters, Creatures and Creepy Crawlies

July 13 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Swing by the Civic Museum and join the Honey Bee Research Centre and their buzzing bees! There will be two separate presentations: 11 am and 1 pm. Join us each week for animal, insect, and reptile presentations (every Wednesday in July and August). Upcoming programs: JULY 20            Rats, rabbits, guinea pigs and more with Little Friends Rescue JULY 27            Birds of prey with Wild Ontario AUGUST 3        Lizards, turtles, alligators and more with The Travelling Reptile Show AUGUST 10     …

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Critters, Creatures and Creepy Crawlies

July 20 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Swing by the Civic Museum and join Little Friends Rescue. They will be bringing rats, rabbits, guinea pigs and more! There will be two separate presentations: 11 am and 1 pm. Join us each week for animal, insect, and reptile presentations (every Wednesday in July and August). Upcoming programs: JULY 27            Birds of prey with Wild Ontario AUGUST 3        Lizards, turtles, alligators and more with The Travelling Reptile Show AUGUST 10      Worm farming with Karen & Jennifer, Water Services,…

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Fourth Friday featuring Annette Haas

July 22 @ 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Kick off your weekend with a free concert and more at Fourth Friday! Admission to the museum is free after 5 pm on Fourth Friday, and the performance will begin at 7 pm.

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Critters, Creatures and Creepy Crawlies

July 27 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Swing by the Civic Museum and check out birds of prey with Wild Ontario! There will be two separate presentations: 11 am and 1 pm. Join us each week for animal, insect, and reptile presentations (every Wednesday in July and August). Upcoming programs: AUGUST 3        Lizards, turtles, alligators and more with The Travelling Reptile Show AUGUST 10      Worm farming with Karen & Jennifer, Water Services, City of Guelph AUGUST 17      Birds of prey with Wild Ontario AUGUST 24     …

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John Galt Day

July 30

Starting at 10 AM, build a giant cardboard city on the patio with Melissa Mazur, The Children’s Art Factory. Then, at 2 PM, put on your dancing shoes for a Ceilidh on the hill with the Kitchen Party Trio and caller Kari Kokko. Admission by donation

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August 2016

Critters, Creatures and Creepy Crawlies

August 3 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Swing by the Civic Museum and join The Travelling Reptile Show! Learn about lizards, turtles, alligators, and more (they might even bring some reptile friends!). There will be two separate presentations: 11 am and 1 pm. Join us each week for animal, insect, and reptile presentations (every Wednesday in July and August). Upcoming programs: AUGUST 10      Worm farming with Karen & Jennifer, Water Services, City of Guelph AUGUST 17      Birds of prey with Wild Ontario AUGUST 24      Hedgehogs,…

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Tiny Tot Thursday: Building Guelph

August 4 @ 9:30 am - 11:30 am

Put on your construction hat and tool belt - we're building Guelph at this month's Tiny Tot Thursday! Join us between 9:30 am and 11:30 am for organized programming. Tiny Tot Thursdays are a monthly program on the first Thursday of each month. It is a drop-in for organized songs, crafts, and games for children one to four years of age and their caregivers.

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Critters, Creatures and Creepy Crawlies

August 10 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Swing by the Civic Museum and join Karen and Jennifer from Water Services, City of Guelph to learn about worm farming! There will be two separate presentations: 11 am and 1 pm. Join us each week for animal, insect, and reptile presentations (every Wednesday in July and August). Upcoming programs: AUGUST 17      Birds of prey with Wild Ontario AUGUST 24      Hedgehogs, parrots, ferrets and more with Hands On Exotics

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Museum Camp

August 15 - August 19

Discover, create, and learn together during this week-long day camp for children six to ten years old. The camp takes place right here at the Civic Museum, and runs from 8 am to 5 pm. Weeks available are: August 15 to 19 August 22 to 26 August 29 to September 2 Registration is online at regexpress.guelph.ca and is $167 per person.

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Critters, Creatures and Creepy Crawlies

August 17 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Wild Ontario returns to Guelph Civic Museum with their birds of prey! There will be two separate presentations: 11 am and 1 pm. Join us each week for animal, insect, and reptile presentations (every Wednesday in July and August). Upcoming programs: AUGUST 24      Hedgehogs, parrots, ferrets and more with Hands On Exotics

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Museum Camp

August 22 - August 26

Discover, create, and learn together during this week-long day camp for children six to ten years old. The camp takes place right here at the Civic Museum, and runs from 8 am to 5 pm. Weeks available are: August 15 to 19 August 22 to 26 August 29 to September 2 Registration is online at regexpress.guelph.ca and is $167 per person.

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Critters, Creatures and Creepy Crawlies

August 24 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Join us for this summer's final Critters, Creatures and Creepy Crawlies program! Hands On Exotics will join us with a presentation on their hedgehogs, parrots, and ferrets! There will be two separate presentations: 11 am and 1 pm.  

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Fourth Friday featuring Anna Wiebe

August 26 @ 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Kick off your weekend with a free concert and more at Fourth Friday! Admission to the museum is free after 5 pm on Fourth Friday, and the performance will begin at 7 pm.

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Museum Camp

August 29 - September 2

Discover, create, and learn together during this week-long day camp for children six to ten years old. The camp takes place right here at the Civic Museum, and runs from 8 am to 5 pm. Weeks available are: August 15 to 19 August 22 to 26 August 29 to September 2 Registration is online at regexpress.guelph.ca and is $167 per person.

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October 2016

Wall of Art: Rites of Passage

October 4, 2016 @ 9:00 am - January 8, 2017 @ 5:00 pm

Wall of Art: Rites of Passage will run October 4, 2016 to January 8, 2017. Wall of Art is a quarterly juried art show produced in partnership with Guelph Arts Council. Submissions for this exhibition are not yet being accepted. Please see the list of important dates below: August 16: Call for submissions September 12: Submissions due Week of September 19: Selection September 27-30: Art drop off October 3: Install October 28: Reception January 10-13: Art pickup  

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November 2016

Ken Danby: Five Decades

November 25, 2016 @ 6:30 pm - January 17, 2017 @ 5:00 pm
Danby

From November 25, 2016 to January 17, 2017 the Guelph Civic Museum will present an exhibition titled Ken Danby: Five Decades. Guelph artist Ken Danby is widely recognized as one of Canada’s most accomplished realist artists. This exhibition will feature his portraits, landscapes, and iconic Canadian imagery including studies for the Wayne Gretzky portrait, The Great Farewell, Calgary Stampede, Niagara Falls, and Guelph Carousel among others. Danby methodically restored local Armstrong’s Mill to a living and studio space-this environment became the…

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